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December 2011 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: January 02, 2012.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for December 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Basal Cell Cancer Subtype May Often Be Misdiagnosed

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) subtypes are often misidentified in standard punch and shave biopsy specimens, some of which are ultimately determined to have an aggressive component, according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Study Compares Onset of Action of Two Types of Botulinum Toxin

MONDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Two botulinum neuromodulators demonstrate early improvements in the appearance of lateral orbital rhytids (crow's feet), but abobotulinumtoxinA results in greater improvement than onabotulinumtoxinA, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Poor Compliance With Sunscreen Advice Found in Adult Skiers

FRIDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Very few adult skiers and snowboarders show full compliance with sunscreen advice, especially with the advice to reapply sunscreen after two hours, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Recurrent Cutaneous Melanoma Hazard Rates Vary With Stage

THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The hazard rates (HRs) for recurrent and secondary cutaneous melanoma (CM) after incident stage IA melanoma are low, while the HRs of recurrence after incident stage IB, II, and III CM are high, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Psoriasis Pathogenesis Involves Dermal Dendritic Cells

THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Dermal dendritic cells (DCs) are involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, although the quantity of these cells does not appear to account for the preferential involvement of extensor skin, according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Increased Risk of Cutaneous Melanoma in Cancer Survivors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a previous diagnosis of cancer have an elevated risk of developing cutaneous melanoma (CM), according to a study published in the December issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

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Sunless Tanning Product Use Tied to Reduced UV Exposure

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Use of sunless tanning products is associated with decreased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation tanning methods, especially among women who use such products frequently, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Initial Wound Debridement Faster With Maggot Therapy

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with conventional therapy, wound debridement is significantly faster with maggot therapy during the first week of treatment, but there is no significant difference at day 15, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Combo Therapies in Psoriasis More Effective Than Monotherapy

MONDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Many combination topical therapies for psoriasis are more effective than topical monotherapies, and adding phototherapy to topical monotherapy generally improves psoriasis clearance, compared to monotherapy alone, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary

MONDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physicians (PCPs) have varied opinions about open access to doctors' notes; and most users of a personal health record (PHR) system are interested in sharing access to their information, according to two studies published in the Dec. 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Smoking Linked to Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) patients are twice as likely to have ever smoked compared to those with no past or present history of skin cancer, according to research published online Nov. 19 in Cancer Causes and Control.

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Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified

FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Accurate detection and quantitation of circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) is affected by inherent differences in plasma samples, methods used for their collection and analysis, and the presence of specific inhibitors in plasma, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

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Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications

MONDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students who are about to start the clinical phase of their education have a lack of knowledge regarding the correct indications for hand disinfection, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Cold Sore Susceptibility Linked to SNPs on C21orf91

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on C21orf91 are associated with herpes simplex labialis (HSL) susceptibility, according to a study published in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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